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  • Title: An Humorous Day's Mirth (Quarto 1, 1599)
  • Editor: Eleanor Lowe
  • Coordinating editor: Brett Greatley-Hirsch
  • General textual editor: Helen Ostovich
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-513-1

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    Author: George Chapman
    Editor: Eleanor Lowe
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    An Humorous Day's Mirth (Quarto 1, 1599)

    An humorous
    La. I would not haue my friend mocke worthy men,
    for the vaine pride of some that are not so.
    885Dow. I do not here deride difference of states, no not
    in shew, but wish that such as want shew might not be scor-
    ned with ignorant Turkish pride, beeing pompous in ap-
    parel, and in mind: nor would I haue with imitated shapes
    menne make their natiue land, the land of apes, liuing like
    890strangers when they be at home, and so perhaps beare
    strange hearts to their home, nor looke a snuffe like a pian-
    ncts taile, for nothing but their tailes and formall lockes,
    when like to creame boules all their vertues swim in their
    set faces, all their in parts then fit to serue pesants or make
    895curdes for dawes: but what a stocke am I thus to neglect
    this figure of mans comfort this rare peece?
    La. Heauens grant that make him more humane, and
    King. Nay hees more humane then all we are.
    900La. I feare he will be too sharp to that sweete sex.
    Dow. She is very faire, I thinke that she be painted; and
    if she be sir, she might aske of mee, how many is there of
    our sexe that are not? tis a sharpe question: marry and I
    thinke they haue small skill, if they were all of painting,
    905twere safer dealing with them, and indeed were their minds
    strong enough to guide their bodies, their beuteous deeds
    shoulde match with their heauenly lookes, twere necessa-
    rie they should weare them, and would they vouchsafe it,
    euen I would ioy in their societie.
    910Ma. And who would not die with such a man?
    Dow. But to admire them as our gallants do, O what an
    eie she hath, O dainty hand, rare foote and legge, and leaue
    the minde respectles, this is a plague, that in both men and
    women make such pollution of our earthly beeing: well I
    915will practice yet to court this peece.
    La. O happie man, now haue I hope in her.
    King. Me thinkes I could indure him daies and nights.
    Dow. Well sir, now thus must I do sir, ere it come to